We simply fell in love with the community and environment here and sincerely appreciate that kindness and independence are such strong values at the Lower Campus. We mainly hoped that our son would learn German – and he has! But then we realized that there was so much more he could get out of school that we had not even hoped for. There is a big focus on independence. It is great how often they go outside, regardless of the weather. That is something we really value and that we are trying to do at home as well. This is something we had not seen at other schools here. It gets quite cold in Boston – and the answer at GISB is: just wear the right clothes! We also see at home how much he cares about things like helping around the house, setting the table, cleaning up … that is a value we see a lot here. Learning the German language, values and culture is a great benefit. And understanding the values and culture of another part of the world has really increased our child’s cultural sensitivity.
Meet Our Families
We arrived in the United States and at GISB in the summer of 2012. Our daughter Charlotte started in the “Vorschule” and is now in 8th grade. Since I attended an international school myself, I never thought about cultural differences, which we also see and really appreciate at GISB. We really love that the community of parents comes from all over the world and appreciate the enthusiasm of the teachers and staff who support the students on their journey through the school. We also like the fact that GISB is a place where Charlotte learns to be open-minded, tolerant, respectful and independent, while at the same time receiving such a high level of education. We are convinced that she has everything she needs for her very own “success in a global world”.
The Grigsby/Gidionsen family has been at GISB since 2013. Skadi is German, Taran is American, and both are committed to an outstanding educational experience for 11-year-old Felix. Skadi and Taran love listening to their son joyfully talk about his day at school. Whether bursting with his experience building race cars from recycled materials or recounting his after school adventures during the annual Ski Week, Felix’s infectious enthusiasm mirrors the whole family’s engaged participation.